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Thursday, June 8, 2017


(Rowan Stuart)

The Mill Sessions are bringing rock back to the midlands in the form of six-piece ensemble, The Dave Matthews Tribute Band at Midlands Forest Lodge (home of the Balgowan Brewery) in Caversham on June 11.

Also performing at the gig will be Rowan Stuart and Pillar Box Red, who will bring a folk indie-pop feel to the mix.

The Dave Matthews Tribute Band will delight even the most ardent Dave Matthews fan. Over the last 10 years, the band has featured a plethora of musicians and performed on many different stages. The 2017 line-up (with a collective experience of over 125 years) includes: Pieter Barnard (vocals); Gideon Meintjes (drums); Garth de Meillon (bass); Leon Van der Berg (guitars); Raziela Kosterman (violin); and Karin Groenewald (saxophones).

Following sell-out performances at The Atterbury Theatre and The Barnyard in Pretoria they are now touring with gigs planned in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria. For the Caversham show they will be playing tunes from all eight Dave Matthews studio albums, including hit singles like Ants Marching and Satellite.

Singer-songwriter-guitarist, Stuart has created an inimitable brand of soul folk music, with pop and world influences. Recalling Sting's imaginative storytelling, Death Cab for Cutie's sense of space and beauty, and John Mayer's tight grooves, he uses his prowess on the guitar as the foundation for his creativity.

Stuart’s career came into full swing in 2014 with the release of his album Hidden Doors. He has since toured South Africa, and opened for The Parlotones, Prime Circle, Matthew Mole and many others.

Opening the show will be Pillar Box Red, which is made up of three students - Bruere Venter, Brandon Jones and James Harrison. The band, which has performed at the Michaelhouse Rock Concert for two years in a row, are guaranteed to rock your socks off!

Run by avid music lovers, Di and Terry Acres, the Mill Sessions aim to offer local residents the best South African music, delicious food from the Caversham Mill Restaurant, local beer from the Balgowan Brewery, breath-taking views and quality sound.

Head to the Midlands this weekend to enjoy great South African music on a carpet of autumn leaves. Gates open at 12 noon with the music starting at 13h30.

Tickets R120 (children under 12 years old get in free) booked on email or phone 033 234 4633.